In life, David Bowie touched the lives of millions with beautiful, soulful performances that flowed from fearless, boundless flare. And since his passing, fellow artists and performers have expressed how instrumental his music, his individuality, and his being was to the development of their art. One of those devotees is Portlandia star Fred Armisen who took to his former Saturday Night Live stage and spoke of how Bowie’s live performances from a 1979 SNL episode have stuck with him since high school.
“Watching him was, for me, a life-changing experience,” Armisen said. “He had these backup singers that were like choir singers from the future and a toy poodle with a TV monitor in his mouth.”